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  • In recognition of the media's role in simulating debate on issues of national importance, the National Housing Trust (NHT) has established a special Journalism Award for Excellence in reporting on Sustainable Development and Affordable Housing.
  • Making the announcement during a Roundtable Discussion held at the NHT's New Kingston offices on Wednesday (Sept. 14), the company's Managing Director, Cecile Watson, said the award, valued $300,000, is in collaboration with the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), and will be presented over a three-year period.
  • She presented a letter of commitment to the effect to PAJ President, Jenni Campbell, during the forum.

In recognition of the media’s role in simulating debate on issues of national importance, the National Housing Trust (NHT) has established a special Journalism Award for Excellence in reporting on Sustainable Development and Affordable Housing.

Making the announcement during a Roundtable Discussion held at the NHT’s New Kingston offices on Wednesday (Sept. 14), the company’s Managing Director, Cecile Watson, said the award, valued $300,000, is in collaboration with the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), and will be presented over a three-year period.

She presented a letter of commitment to the effect to PAJ President, Jenni Campbell, during the forum.

“The first award will be made in 2012, and it will relate to work published during the period October 2011 to September 2012. The recipient will be a journalist who, within the review year, publishes pieces of original work, which reflect outstanding thought, research, analysis, and investigation of issues related to affordable housing and/or sustainable development.  The criteria and details of the award, names of the judges and invitations for entries will be advertised in conjunction with the Press Association of Jamaica,” she outlined.

Mrs. Watson, in the meantime, re-affirmed the NHT’s mandate to facilitate the development of housing solutions that are decent, safe and affordable. She noted further, that the agency, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, is committed to executing its operations in a manner consistent with the National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica , which aims to make the country the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business.

She said that the agency is focusing, in particular, on goal four, which has the objective of achieving a healthy environment, through sustainable urban and rural development and prudent management and use of natural resources.

“In this regard, the National Housing Trust embraces its responsibility to contribute to the attainment of the related strategy of ensuring safe, sanitary and affordable shelter for all. The Trust acknowledges that the achievement of this strategy is not a task for any single entity (and) we look forward to the contribution from the media practitioners,” Mrs. Watson stated.

In response, Ms. Campbell said the PAJ’s membership and by extension, the Media Association of Jamaica’s (MAJ), are committed to providing information that can assist persons in making decisions regarding their living standards.

“I believe that the National Housing Trust has played a vital role, in this regard, over the years, and it really is our pleasure to work with the NHT to ensure that information continues to be made available to all, so that those various objectives can be met. We (PAJ) will ensure that the information goes out, and that our members vie and qualify to receive this valuable award,’ Ms. Campbell assured.

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